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April 2009

Volume 10,
Issue 4

In this Issue: In the Presence of Jehovah


Youth News ········· 4
Pixie Pin-Ups······· 5 “Christ left us in such a way that His pres-
It’s Over ············· 16 ence might be more useful to us — a pres-
Church @ Work· 18 ence that had been confined in a humble
From the Editor · 19 abode of flesh so long as He sojourned on
earth .... As His body was raised up above
all the heavens, so His power and energy
were diffused and spread beyond all the
The best bounds of heaven and earth.”
mathematical
Come into His presence and enjoy our an-
equation ever nual and very
given: 1 cross uplifting Easter
Cantata on:
+ 3 nails = 4
Saturday, April
given. 11 @ 6:00 PM

Bring a guest!

Adventurer Fun Day

On Sunday, March 8th, our Adventurer Club had the opportunity to go to


Camp Down at Windermere, FL for their Adventurer Fun Day.

This years theme was Creation, and our Adventures had the chance to
learn about different insects and nature while they visited other Adven-
turer Club booths.

Our Club had their own booth and their theme was Ants. One of our
own Adventurers (Justin Rivera ) created this honor four years ago.
“If the world hates you, you
know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the
world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are
not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore
the world hates you...If they persecuted Me, they will perse-
cute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake,
because they do not know Him who sent Me.” John 13:19-
21

Isn’t it true that in today’s world at the slightest offense we


are ready to retaliate, defend ourselves,...yes, fight back?
But at the greatest moment of His agony, Jesus sincerely
prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they
do.” (Luke 23:34)

“Forgive them…” What an amazing prayer!! How would


we react? What would be say?

What if someone pressed a crown of sharp thorns on your


head? Or stripped you naked for all the world to see? Or
brutally punched you in the face? Or drove spikes into your
wrist and ankles? Or lifted you up on the cross to hang and
die? What kind of prayer would you pray? Or would you
even think of praying at all?

May the Lord, who suffered for each one of us, help us when
we’re tempted to retaliate!

Yours for allowing the “mind of Christ” be in us, Pastor and


Sharon Webb.

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We will see God
By: Nichole Taylor
Who is the image of the invisible GOD, Of how this GOD chose to deliver a peo-
the first born of every creature (Colossians ple...all people out of the bondage of sin
1:15) And HIS word was made flesh and dwelt
among us...
We see love everyday HE chose to send HIS own son...in whom
As it takes on different faces we have redemption through HIS blood,
And is seen in different places even the forgiveness of sin
We catch the affects of its action GOD came in human form
Hinting toward the cause To die for our sins before the foundation
That can not properly be explained as just of the world was laid...
a feeling or an act
...because HE loves us
It manifests itself in us all from time to Through actions GOD has shown time and
time time again
Though many are deceived to its true Through testimonies HE has proved
meaning Through the joy HE has planted in our
because of our own inconsistencies and hearts HE has shown
inabilities to illustrate it in all situations That HE loves us...
Love seems to have no clear face on this GOD IS LOVE
earth... With whom is no variableness, neither
We question the meaning of this four letter shadow of turning (James 1:17)
word
He sent HIS son that we might see the
Love is.. ultimate manifestation of love
Kind Through Christ we behold the image of the
Gentle invisible GOD
Not self seeking Through Christ we will one day behold
On that bright
At times we exude this Getting-up morning
But our faces have two sides Love becomes visible
Yet the side that is dead must die And we will behold love ...face to face
Like glimpses of an image we have seen No longer as an action
before No longer our hidden foundation by which
We long to put together the pieces we are planted
To make a complete whole But soon face to face
Who is the image of this invisible word? A day when our foundation will be fully
What is the image of Love? revealed
A day when all will know how firm we
In action stand
We have heard the stories of long ago
We have heard of a GOD that chose a WE WILL SEE GOD
nation
And cared for them, setting them on high Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall
We have read HIS words that we believe see GOD... (Matthew 5:8)
through faith

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By: David Hecht

Thank you very much New


Port Richey Church for
Sponsoring Outdoor Educa-
tion. All the kids in Mr. Cruz’s class had a lot of fun. We
built bird houses, rode horses and go-carts. We also did
archery, low elements, and canoeing. Plus we learned
about force, Western Indians, bugs and beetles, and
how to make fire. Thank you for all of your support.

Graduation Trip
The 8th Grade Class had their 8th
Grade Field Trip to St. Augustine.
They saw the Fountain of Youth,
The Old Jail, Ripley’s Believe it or
Not, and the Ghost Tour.
We all had a lot of fun. The 8th Graders would like to
thank the Church for their support.

Here to Serve!
Mark 10:45

Mexico Mission—Once again we have youth and adults who have indicated
they want to go to Mexico to put a floor and a roof on a new church in a very
poor area. Prayerfully consider how you might help those who want to go and
work but cannot financially afford all the expenses. NPR SDA church mem-
bers and friends have been very generous in the past to help youth and others.

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PIXIE PIN-UPS
DO YOU KNOW ME?

If you think you know this church member, sub-


mit your guess to us, either by phone or email.

You can submit your baby pix by email or di-


rectly to us. Photos can be black and white or
color and will be promptly returned. For more
information please contact us.

March baby was: Mark Schiefer


(Clue: He used to be a tour-guide and worked in
a drive-in theater.”) Mark gave tours of Niagara Clue: “This little
Falls. girl is rooted in
the deep South!”
Our winners were: Justin Rivera, Glenn Paul,
Stan & Martha Getlinger, Pastor Webb, Arlene Learman,
Josue Centeno, Ed Cowan.

Thanks for participating!

Think about it…

 “Speak kind words and


you will hear kind
echoes.”

 A Christian is the key-


hole through which other
folks see God.

 I am obliged to bear
witness because I hold a
particle of light, and to
keep it to myself would be
equivalent to extinguishing
it.
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THE SECOND DEATH!
Gary D. Grimes

1. Does the Bible mention the “second death?” Revelation 20:6

 Romans 6:23 “The wages of sin is death.”

2. What are the differences between the first death and the “second death?”

 We are all subject to the first death. Only the wicked are subject to the
“second death.”
 The first death is a temporary death (sleep) caused by sin. The “second
death” is a permanent death caused by sin.

3. All who die in the first death will be resurrected. The saved in the resur-
rection of life. The wicked to the resurrection of condemnation. John 5:28 &
29

 God warned Adam that if he ate of the “tree of the knowledge of good and
evil” Adam would “surely die.” Genesis 2:16 & 17
 Adam would die both the first death and the “second death.”
 Jesus said the devil is a liar from the beginning. John 8:44
 Satan’s first lie on earth was to Eve. He told her “You will not surely die.”
Genesis 3:1-5

4. Why didn’t Adam and Eve die immediately? Revelation 13:8 , “the
Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Two methods of execution in
Israel: Stoning or crucifixion.
Stoning—Leviticus 24:16. Hope while dying.

 Crucifixion—Deuteronomy 21:22 & 23. No hope—accursed of God.


Second death. No resurrection.
Christ died the “second death” in our place. Isaiah 53:4

On the cross Christ was made a curse for us—the curse of sin. Galatians
3:13

Because of Jesus dying the “second death” for us we are now His children,
we are His sons and daughters. I John 3:1

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The Lord Has
Helped Me
By: Kabreanna Osgood

The Lord has helped me


Through all my problems
If I could pick one person
that would stay
by my side
it would be the Lord
He is always there
To answer my prayers
He walks by my side
And I see light
SERMON SURVIVAL TIP: In the darkness, its bright
If during the sermon, you drift Through all the hardships
off to a peaceful slumber...and They get solved
your wife gently nudges you, and I'm complete
pretend you were praying, and with the Lord
just quietly say…”AMEN.” standing by my side
I can be the person I
want to be.

Dick Cheney for making once again the


Pocket Church Directory. Congratulations
on a job well done. Need yours? Contact
the Church Office.

We want to welcome our new members: Leo


and Jenny Biehler they come from the East
Pasco SDA Church in Zephyrhills. Also,
Deano and Hazel Powell from Progress Vil-
lage SDA Church in Brandon.

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God’s Creation and Satan’s Creation…

 God created broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow


and red vegetables of all kinds so Man and Woman would live long
and healthy lives. He said: “Try my green salad!”.
 And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery crou-
tons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened
their belts following the repast.

 God then said, “I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive
oil in which to cook them.”
 And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried
steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight
and his cholesterol went through the roof.

 God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it “Angel Food
Cake,”
 Satan then created chocolate cake and named it “Devil’s
Food.”

 God then brought fourth running shoes so that His children might
lose those extra pounds.
 And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control. Man and
Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained
pounds.

 God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calo-
ries and still satisfy his appetite.
 Then Satan created McDonald’s and its 99-cent double
cheeseburger. Then said, “You want fries with that?” And Man re-
plied, “Yes! And super size them!” And Satan said, “It is good.” And
Man went into cardiac arrest.

 God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.


 Then Satan created HMOs.

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GREAT RECIPE

Fold two hands together, Cut in and help your friend,


And express a dash of sorrow. If he/she should be in need.
Marinate it overnight,
And work on it tomorrow. Stir in laughter, love and
kindness,
Chop one grudge in tiny From the heart it has to
pieces, come.
Add several cups of love. Toss with genuine forgive-
Dredge with a large sized ness,
smile, And give your friends some.
Mix with the ingredients
above. The amount of people served,
Will depend on you.
Dissolve the hate within you, It can serve the whole wide
By doing a good deed. world.
If you really want it to!!!

Surely he hath
borne our grief's If you have pictures
and carried our of activities or are
sorrows: yet we
did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God
the director of a
and afflicted. But He was wounded for ministry, please
our transgressions, He was bruised for share those pictures
our iniquities; the chastisement of our
peace was upon with our web-
Him; and with ministry. Some de-
His stripes we
are healed. All
partments need to
we like sheep be updated. Contact
have gone astray; Juan or Omayra
we have turned
every on to his Rivera or the
own way; and the Church Office.
Lord hath laid
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An Extra Pair of Hands
By Alex Ortiz

Big projects are always done quickly and


better if we have an extra pair of hands to
help us. Just imagine if you have to put
together a puzzle of 1000 pieces, of course
it would be nice to have a few extra hands
helping you.

Our hands are very sophisticated tools that can be used to do great
things. A lot of hands were used as tool to put together the greatest
book of all times, The Bible. God used all those hands to help us
know Him better. Also, the same God that gave us our hands is al-
ways extending His to help us in our lives.

God commended us with a great project: to tell every human being in


this world about His son and His love. God is asking us for our
hands. His son already extended them for us, are you willing to ex-
tend yours for Him?

RECIPE: Sideshow Slush


Even better than snow cones, these cool drinks come
in raspberry and peach flavors—perfect for sipping
or slurping.

Ingredients:
1 12-oz pkg. frozen lightly sweetened 1 cup apricot nectar
red raspberries or one 16-oz. pkg. fro- 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
zen unsweetened peach slices, thawed 4 to 4 1/2 cups ice cubes

Start to finish: 15 minutes, makes 6 servings.

1. Press raspberries, if using, through a sieve to remove seeds.


2. Transfer pureed raspberries or peaches to blender container; and
nectar and powdered sugar. Cover and blend until smooth.
3. Gradually add ice, blending until mixture is deliciously slushy.

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It’s Over…..
The Bowling Season is officially over,
but we had a blast.

Congratulations to the Bears for win-


ning this season. (Bears: Susan Hecht,
Christina Stoehrer, Martha Getlinger, and Mark Schiefer)

Our Choir @ Town &


Country SDA Church
On Sabbath, March 7th, our NPR Sanc-
tuary Choir had the opportunity to visit
and participate in the grand opening of
the Town and Country SDA new temple.

To the glory of God we sang two songs. It was a beautiful ceremony


and we felt honored to be invited.

Please keep this sister church and our Choir in your prayers.

Evangelist Series
Unlocking Revelation Prophecy Expo
During the last few weeks our Church has been experiencing a
great event, the Prophecy Expo with Pastor Lester Pratt.

Every night a great number of visitors attended. If you don’t


have the opportunity to be there, now you can hear it at our
Church website. www.nprsda.org/prophecyexpo

Share this good news with your love d ones!


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During 10 weeks our
church has been pre-
senting this powerful,
soul-winning, Bible
study for kids.

The kids enjoyed the


studies very much and
the little gifts after each study.

On Sabbath, March 21, there was a graduation and the chil-


dren were presented with a certificate of participation, their
own Bible, and an Amazing Adventure CD Series.

Thanks to Juanita Grimes, Juan Rivera and all the parents


that participated.

We need to mention that because of this series some kids


want to be baptized. Praise God!

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody


This is a little story about four people: Everybody, Somebody,
Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done, and Everybody was


sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it,
but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s


job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody
realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody


did what Anybody could have done.

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KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP

Pre-Registration: Adventist Christian


School on Friday, April 24th from 9-11
IF YOU AM. Class size is limited. For reserva-
C A N tions, please call 842-8919 by April 10th.
HELP
The 2009-2010 Kindergarten students
with the and parents can come spend the time in
expenses related to our class and see what Kindergarten is all
weekly fellowship meals, about.
please put your offering
in a tithe envelope and
mark it Fellowship VESPERS
meals. This will help to
pay for kitchen supplies If you are willing to do a Vespers pro-
(i.e. plates, utensils, cups, gram in the future, please contact the
etc.) Church office.

J OB OPENING School Yearbook


Our Adventist School is looking for an Order yours before April
Adventist-certified teacher on a part- 17. Forty-eight pages in
time basis to teach 9th and 10th grade full color. Interested?
English and Social Studies/World His- Contact the School Office,
tory. If you are interested, please call Church Office, or Omayra
Mark Schiefer at (727) 376-4316. Rivera.

P A R E N T S

Please help us have a more or-


derly Fellowship Meal experience
by keeping your smaller children
with you. We are having a problem
with children in the kitchen area and run-
ning in the hallways and in the sanctuary.

Enjoy a Relaxing Sabbath

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From the Editors me it’s special days
of reflection and
meditation about the
I remember as growing
life of Jesus and my
up celebrating Holy
life.
Week. One of many
traditions in my family.
I still feel the sensa-
It meant new clothes for
tion of sadness but
Sunday, a special diet,
now I understand
no TV, even having fun
why, but I also feel a
was kind of controlled,
sensation of happi- This newsletter is
it was as if someone
ness because my
died in our family. But published monthly
God is alive. He
at that time I had no
died for us, because by the NPR SDA
idea why, I don’t even Church. If you have
He loves us so
remember ever visiting
much. Oh, but my any comments to
the church during that
week. I just remember a
God resurrected, and make about the
He promised us that newsletter, wish to
big sensation of sad-
He will come again make a donation, or
ness…
to take us home.
wish to submit an
God be with you,
During the month of article, please send
and let us all use this
April we will be it to the church or
time to meditate in
“celebrating” Holy
His great love and to us.
Week, but what exactly
sacrifice!
are we celebrating?
Now as an adult I can
Love,
see that it’s more than
Omayra
new clothes and mean-
ingless traditions. For

Contact Us
Alexander Ortiz Omayra Rivera
New Address coming soon 727-372-0052
727-365-2892

Email: nprcourier07@gmail.com
NPR Seventh-day Adventist Church
6424 Trouble Creek Road
New Port Richey, FL 34653
727-848-4567  www.nprsda.org/newsletter
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New Port Richey
Seventh–day Adventist Church
6424 Trouble Creek Road
New Port Richey, FL 34653